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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Huzzah! Finally that elusive Champions League is landed, all hail King Zlatan

    What's the plan now then mate? Stay with FGR or try your hand elsewhere?
    It was about time we had some success on the continent! Veteran or not, he can bring the magic at will!

    I'm used to stay at clubs until the bitter end, when things go worse and worse. Unless I get sacked, I'll probably be at Forest Green for some more years. Hard to predict when the chemistry between me and the players will be gone...

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    Once again the board were convinced (by me) to rebuild The Lawn, bringing the capacity up to 21,864 all-seated places. A steady growth from the year 2000, when I started my job there with a total of 3,132 and only 332 seats. However, the season got underway for us at Wembley, with the same fixture as last year. We were defeated 4-1 by Middlesbrough on that occasion and it hurted ever since. They weren't in the game this time and with two thirds of the playing time passed, it was Knight (SC) to score the only goal of the Charity Shield 2016/2017: 0-1!!!

    Early in the season we went to Monaco for a game against Porto (Por), the winners of the UEFA Cup. Two minutes of European Super Cup played and their goalkeeper received a red card. Henderson (DC) had no trouble converting the penalty, but within fifteen minutes later the ten men had equalised. In the second half some more Forest Green Rovers goals were scored by Ibrahimovic (SC), Compagno (AM/FRLC) and Beresford (MC), to make this trophy ours: 1-4!!!

    At the end of November we even had to play a match in Tokyo and the opponents were the winners of the Copa Libertadores. Near the end of the first half Gary Bates (SC) got us in front and before we went off the pitch to pause, Ponte Preta (Bra) levelled the scoreline. It wasn't easy to point out a possible winner of this World Club Cup after 45 minutes and the deciding goal came with only five more minutes to play: 2-1...

    A home tie first in the Third Round of the League Cup versus Notts County (D3). A doable game on paper and nothing much between both sides in reality, with a goal after five minutes by Willamson (DR): 1-0! Away at Leicester (PRM) then in the Fourth Round and obviously a completely different type of opposition. Their goalkeeper was kind of unassailable on that day, but with almost 25 minutes on the clock, Knight made it twenty for the season in all competitions. That was only to bring us back in the game and at the stroke of half time we were out of it again. No more goals were scored, mainly because their man between the sticks: 3-1...

    The Third Round of the FA Cup was scheduled at The Lawn as well and Crewe (PRM) came to visit. Fifteen minutes played and Henderson had another penalty to take. In the second half Ibrahimovic fired in number twenty of 2016/2017 and Quinn (AM/FLC) took all doubts away: 3-0! It was the same caliber of opposition when we hosted a Fourth Round game against Coventry (PRM). In both halfs, early goals were scored by Ibrahimovic and much closer to the final whistle, it was Tony Barnard (AM/FRC) to hit one home as well: 3-0! Our first travel of the tournament in the Fifth Round, when we headed to Darlington (D1). The game was five minutes underway, when Oliver (DMC) found the net and with ten minutes to play, Compagno (AM/FRLC) celebrated a goal for the fifth time that season. Conceding once during the stoppage time, didn't had any consequences for us: 1-2! Down to the last eight then and another trip for us, to Lincoln (D1) this time. The first thirty minutes saw two goals by John Craig (SC) and one from Chris Ward (DC) as well as two injured players for the home team. At the beginning of the second half, Craig was the centre of attention once more, but this time by losing his head and seeing a red card. Goals by both teams were ruled out in the remaining minutes and so this is how it all ended: 0-3! In Sunderland, Arsenal (PRM) were next and they dominated play from the beginning to the end. No wonder they took the lead within the first twenty minutes, where in the 25th minute, we had Knight to produce the equaliser with his 25th goal of the season. Before the break we were down once again and in the first minute of the second half, Green (AM/FRC) brought us back level. About five minutes from the end, Beresford was sent off and ten minutes prior to that, Knight had completed his brace: 3-2! For the fourth time in a row we were at Wembley to play this Final, victorious in the previous three. Nottingham Forest (PRM) needed just over twenty minutes to take the lead and ten minutes later their goalscorer had to leave the ground limping. At the stroke of half time, we had to end the game without Knight, who was forced to hit the showers due to a red card... Roughly ten minutes played in the second half and a goal by Green was enough to keep an equal score, even after thirty minutes of extra time: 1-1 (pens 2-4)!!!

    By adding three wins in the First Group of the Champions League to our tournament win last season, we broke the record for winning the most CL games in a row. Another three points in the fourth match had us already qualified, but it took away our motivation for the last two, which we lost both. In the Second Group we were through after five games and also lost the last one. For a place amongst the final four, we had to get rid off Roma (Ita), playing in England first. A lot of chances for them in the first half, but no goals were scored until ten minutes in the second half, when Craig opened the scoring for us. They were clearly angry about this run of events and switched to an even higher gear, giving us a real spanking in the end: 1-3... The chances were equally divided in Italy and at the end of the first half, they were ahead. Close to the ninetieth minute, we had Green to score an away goal, but we were unable to defend our title: 1-1 (agg 4-2).

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    Ibrahimovic was turning 35 this season and rather soon he requested a move, because he wanted a new challenge. His contract was about to end, so when no club came in for him, he left us in the summer of 2017. Any chance for him to celebrate the club's seventh Premier Division title and the sixth in a row? Not the best of starts in the league when we drew away at Wycombe. However, that was one of the games that helped us eventually breaking the top-flight record of most consecutive games without losing. We made light work of taking over the highest position on the table and never looked back. As a result of that, the last four games were for the backup players and they managed to make it a league season of 100+ goals sored!

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    About ten national jobs came available last season, when the Euro Qualifications had finished. I applied for all of them and was offered the job once. This season the World Cup Qualifications started and we hit the ground running with nine points from the first three games, without conceding a single goal. We gave away a double lead when our goalkeeper was beaten for the first time and in the very next game the Romania records for biggest win (7-0) and most goals in one match by the same player (five, scored by a debutant!) were broken!

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    Ha ha, I was gonna ask if you're gonna play him again but with them average ratings you have to!

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    Finishing as runners-up in the Premier Division for the third season in a row, brought Middlesbrough as many times to Wembley at the beginning of a new season. The Charity Shield was won by both them and us in the previous two encounters. This time we had two first-half debut goals by Collins Babangida (FLC) and a regular one from Green (AM/FRC), only to still be behind after 45 minutes. By doubling his tally for the day in the 63th minute, Green forced both teams to start completely over in the remaining half an hour. And a winning goal was exactly what this game needed: 5-4...

    A trip to Millwall (D2) in the Third Round of the League Cup really got us going. The scoresheet eventually showed the names of Beresford (MC), Henderson (DC, penalty), Babangida, Brennan (D/MRLC), Compagno (AM/FRLC), again Babangida (15th of the season) and Knight (SC): 0-7! An away game against Nottingham Forest (PRM) in the Fourth Round and within ten minutes one of their defenders scored a brace of yellow cards. In the first half we had Babangida and Phil Callaghan (AMC) to do the damage and in the second half Babangida secured the win, before we had to concede: 1-3! Down to the last eight and still no home tie, Wolves (D2) the hosts this time around. Early in the game Beresford reached double figures and Compagno went halfway that amount. Before the break Babangida made it three for us, saw another one being disallowed and in the second half the home side clawed one back, only to go a man down a little later. Then was the time for Babangida to make it twenty for the season and Beresford grabbed a double as well: 1-5! Back to Premier Division opposition, twice, when Crewe (PRM) visited The Lawn first. Less than ten minutes played and Nathan Mason (DMC) found the net for the first time this season. In the first minute after the restart, we had to score again to win this match. Jun Li (D/DMLC) reacted fast and soon Beresford - as a midfielder - was on fifteen for the season. In the end, it was Green who extended our lead even further: 4-1! Cherno Samba (SC) put the home team in front after just five minutes of the return. We created more chances and were rewarded rather early in the second half, when Steve McCulloch (SC) equalised, but we were punished once more about five minutes later. The margin was big enough, so there was absolutely no need to panic: 2-1 (agg 3-5). The Final at Wembley was played between us, playing and winning this particular match three seasons ago, and Charlton (PRM), playing and losing here last season. Over fifteen minutes underway and we were down, only to strike back in the first half through Beresford, Knight with his twentieth of 2017/2018 and that same man again. Another ball that went passed our goalie Neill couldn't prevent us winning this trophy for the fourth time: 3-2!!!

    The Third Round of the FA Cup was comparable to that of the other domestic cup, so we travelled to Hereford, a team in the Second Division of England. Ten minutes on the clock and both teams lost a player due to an injury, Ivan Konynendyk (SC) the unlucky one on our behalf. Seven minutes later, Chris Ward (DC) was sent off and the following penalty had us on our knees. On the stroke of half time, Callaghan levelled the match and Hereford had a second player stretchered off. In the second half, Alexander Farnerud (AM/FRLC) handed us the lead, but now we had to allow an equaliser. With ten minutes to go, the hosts had to deal with a third injury and were down to ten men too. From that point on, Babangida thought it definitely was time to avoid a replay: 2-3! Away at Reading (D2) then in the Fourth Round and a goal on the edge of the first half by Craig (SC) was enough to proceed: 0-1! The opposition in the Fifth Round came from one tier up, but we were still away, at Southampton this time. We didn't quite know what hit us as we were on a double deficit after 25 minutes. An own goal in the first minute of the second half and a first of the season from Barnard (AM/FRC) finally meant a home game for us, albeit in the same round of the tournament: 2-2. We had to concede once now and that was in the 90th minute, when Quinn (AM/FLC) had already signed for his fifth of the season and Barnard, Knight and Quinn again had given us a comfortable margin: 4-1! The first attempt in the Quarter Finals against Manchester City (D1) was at home immediately and Babangida got himself a first-half brace. A red card for them in the second half, gave Stephen Young (D/MR) the chance to get off the mark for FGR: 3-0! Our Semi Final versus Aston Villa (PRM) was played in Sunderland, where within half an hour Knight, Babangida and Beresford were the scorers. In the second half only Knight managed to repeat this trick: 0-4! This Final featured us for the seventh time and we did win five of the six previous attempts, four of which were in a row until this one. Blackburn (D1) knew this as well and, it's absolutely no excuse, we were on a busy schedule at this stage of the season. Only two minutes underway at Wembley and we had something to repair for almost an entire game. Way too many chances were given away by us, but early in the second half one of the few we created ourselves was converted by Craig. We had much trouble holding out for the rest of the game and this continued in the extra time. One half of fifteen minutes was survived and in the second period finally a fully deserved goal was scored: 2-1...

    In the First Group of the Champions League with Lazio (Ita), Porto (Por) and Odd Grenland (Nor), we went through to the next stage after four matches. Eventually we topped this group by staying unbeaten and by almost keeping a perfect record. The Second Group had us facing KV Mechelen (Bel), Panathinaikos (Gre) and IS (Swe). We were defeated once and hence picked up three points less, didn't score as many goals and had a slightly better defensive record. Nevertheless, we won this group even more comfortably in terms of the difference in points towards the number two.

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    We were eager to do better in the Quarter Finals than we did last season and Deportivo (Esp) played in England first. Before we were five minutes underway, Farnerud opened the scoring, only for us to be back equal about twenty minutes later. During the stoppage time of the first half, Michael Nicol (DRC) received his second yellow card of the game and playing with ten men in the second half, we were lucky not to concede more goals and it was a real bonus that Konynendyk found the net for us: 2-1! In Spain, we were the better team and shortly after the second-half kick-off, Knight broke the deadlock. Two minutes later they scored as well and twenty minutes after that, an injured player for each team - Green for us - had to leave the field. This type of confusion was used by them to make the aggregate score level. In the dying seconds of the game, someone scored his 25th of the season to keep everyone out of playing thirty minutes of extra time. Leon, Leon Knight! Leon Knight! Leon, Leon Knight!!! So: 2-2 (agg 3-4). To reach the Final once more, we had to defeat Anderlecht (Bel) over two matches. A pretty even game was played in Brussels and both goalkeepers were rated a nine out of ten: 0-0. At home, we were reduced to ten men within the first half an hour, when Li was shown a straight red. Five minute prior to that incident, we had taken the lead through Babangida. The Belgians were rather harmless during the remaining sixty minutes and that wasn't too bad for us: 1-0 (agg 1-0)! The Final was played in Brussels as well and the opponents weren't unknown too, given the fact that we had faced Lazio twice in the early stages of this tournament. We hit the locker rooms with a double lead thanks to Green and Compagno and before we had to concede in the second half, Babangida also had put his name on the scoresheet. The Romans scored another one, but not before Green made his fiftieth for the club count: 4-2!!!

    We added our own challenge to the league, by only picking up five points in the first four fixtures. Reaching all the finals of the other tournaments, weighted heavily on our squad. Eventually, without playing ourselves, the champions were known with eight matches to spare. The replacements that were mainly used to play those games, lost three and won five of them. Another great season and our seventh consecutive top-flight title of the eight in total now!

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    I also had some business to do with Romania. We were leading our World Cup Qualification Group with three matches to go. The first of those, away at Georgia, saw us conceding and dropping some more points, but we remained unbeaten. At home against Luxemburg there weren't any doubts about the winners of this tie. In the final match, away at Czech Republic, a point was needed to keep us on top. We didn't score a goal ourselves for the first time in an official match and inevitably failed to win this one. To not lose it as well, was enough for us to qualify!

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    The Romanian FA asked for a place in the quarter finals. I wasn't sure if that was realistic... Our tournament started versus a fellow European nation and Wales were completely dominated by us. In the second half that finally paid off, when Marius Tudor (SC) scored for the first time in his international career: 0-1! Against Mexico next and now we had to concede in the first-half stoppage time. By then, Dumitru Ilie (SC) had picked up his first for his country and Adrian Munteanu (AMRC) had doubled our lead. In the second half, Catalin Stan (SW/DC) was shown a red card and we didn't give anything away: 2-1! Australia were also on six points, so our mutual meeting was to decide about the group win. During the first 45 minutes, Gheorghe Rosu (ML) showed us the way and in the second act, their first shot on target went in. After that, they had a man sent off and one other attempt between the posts: 2-1...

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    The Second Round saw us facing Denmark. In Dumitru Ilie and Marius Tudor we had the right players to score in the first half. An early goal against in the second half was answered by a late goal of Adrian Munteanu: 1-3! To do better than was expected, Turkey were in our way. Another team that succeeded in scoring against us at the end of the first half. And again we were 2-0 up by that time, Dumitru Ilie and Adrian Munteanu both scoring for the third time during this tournament. Just one more goal during the second half and it was Adrian Ivan (SC) who scored on his debut: 3-1! A place in the final was at stake when we met Guinea. After three minutes Marius Ilie (AM/FRC) opened the scoring and less than ten minutes later the Africans scored too. At the half hour mark, a red card significantly changed their chances of success. Despite this situation, we weren't able to score the winning goal or more in the following sixty minutes of the game. Fifteen minutes of extra time later and the scoreline was still level. In the 107th minute, Miha Matei (AMC) found the net to score the golden goal: 1-2 (aet)! The Final was played in Montevideo (Uru) and the award for Man of the Match went to the goalkeeper of the German national team. It was a good thing that Dumitru Ilie worked himself a way towards the scoresheet after all: 0-1!!! We are the champions... Of the world!!!

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    The software gave up on me three times this season. By temporarily giving my assistant full responsibility for the first team squad each time this was the case, the game is still alive! No sign of such trouble at the beginning of the season, when we again met Blackburn at Wembley. They won the FA Cup on behalf of us last season and got promoted to the Premier Division as well. We had Green (AM/FRC) to score first after ten minutes or so and Beresford (MC) to do so last with about ten minutes to play. In the meanwhile the players of the other Rovers team had been in charge: 3-2...

    No easy start in the Third Round of the League Cup, with Wycombe (PRM) visiting. The deserved winners were announced by a single goal within the first ten minutes, scored by Nicol (DRC) with his very first for the club: 1-0! Another home tie in the Fourth Round and Chelsea (PRM) the opposition. According to the run of play, the opening goal was scored by Babangida (FLC). In the dying seconds of the remaining half an hour, Neil Morgan (FRC) popped up with the equaliser. Near the end of the first half of extra time, he even got them the lead and in the end it was enough for them to produce half the shots on target we had: 1-2 (aet)...

    The FA Cup started for us in the Third Round, away at Aston Villa (PRM). With the likes of Nicol, Konynendyk (SC), McCulloch (SC) and again Konynendyk on the scoresheet, a win for us was never in danger: 0-4! A trip to Arsenal (PRM) in the Fourth Round, where we had Knight (SC) to score twice and Konynendyk to reach double figures for the season first and grabbing a brace next: 0-4! At home to Crystal Palace (D1) in the Fifth Round, it was Babangida who scored in the first and the last minute of the first half. In the second half, Beresford and Knight added some more goals to our tally: 4-0! Down to the last eight and we had to travel to Crewe (PRM). Nothing much between the two sides, with a goal from Joo Pedro Dahou (SC) for us five minutes before the interval and an equaliser with thirty minutes to play. However, someone was able to double his amount of goals in this match, when there were only a few seconds of it to spare: 1-2! Our Semi Final was played at Anfield, Liverpool and officially, Blackburn were the home team. It took them less than five minutes to go ahead and we needed all of the remaining minutes to let Compagno (AM/FRLC) score a dramatic equaliser with his fifteenth of 2018/2019. Ten minutes into extra time and Babangida made it fifteen for the season too: 1-2 (aet)! At Wembley a midfield player from Oxford (D1) was off with a second yellow after about forty minutes and still in the first half, Tony Poole (DR) opened his account for FGR. In the last ten minutes the game was finally decided by Knight: 2-0!!!

    A consequence of the first forced holiday was that I didn't had the chance to pick my own European squad of 25... We promptly lost our first macht against Kge (Den), but because Odd Grenland (Nor) and Hamrun Spartans (Mlt) were so weak, we already qualified for the next phase after the following three games. Eventually the Danes and we finished on the same amount of points, with us winning the First Group. The Second Group brought us Panathinaikos (Gre), Monaco (Fra) and Turnhout (Bel). We kept an unbeaten record in this stage, went through after five matches played and finished on top.

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    Zaragoza (Spa) in the Quarter Final and we travelled to Spain first. Before their goalkeeper was sent off with over thirty minutes on the clock and Konynendyk missing the following penalty, we were already in front thanks to Konynendyk and Barnard (AMRC). In the first minute of the second half Konynendyk did grab his double and we were virtually in the Semi Final: 0-3! Despite scoring twice, the visitors never came close in the return, because we had Beresford, Barnard, Babangida (2x) and Farnerud (1st of the season) amongst the scorers: 5-2 (agg 8-2)! At home to Porto (Por) next and a common scoreline returned, when Bjrn Eriksen (DLC), Craig (SC), Barnard (10th of the season), McCulloch (10th of the season) and again McCulloch were responsible for our goals: 5-2! Both teams seemed to know from the beginning that the return was going nowhere and a disallowed goal by Konynendyk wouldn't have changed the aggregate outcome: 0-0 (agg 2-5). In short, the Final was played at Wembley and Anderlecht (Bel) were there too. They scored from almost every chance they created and that made us the losers of the day: 3-0...

    We won our first league match of the season and ended up in the second half of the table with those three points, because all the teams but Forest Green Rovers went on to play another two or three of their fixtures. Our return was ever so strong and soon we were the leaders, even with some games in hand. Miraculously, we then started dropping points and Charlton came closer and closer. With less than ten games to play, they even reached the summit at our expense...

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    Expectations grew when Romania won the World Cup Final. In a Euro Qualifying Group together with Slovenia, Hungary, Malta, Azerbaijan and Yugoslavia we had as much trouble winning games as staying unbeaten. It's unbelievable that we are topping the group whit this much draws, but if we can keep our level up, reaching Euro 2020 is within our reach. The biggest disappointment was to see the Confederations Cup taking place without the world champions competing...

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    Sounds like that last season may have been a season too much, I'd have looked for another job after that clean sweep the season before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Sounds like that last season may have been a season too much, I'd have looked for another job after that clean sweep the season before.
    At the moment I'm still curious about what Knight has to offer at this age. And after that I'll probably think of something else to stay at the club

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    My twentieth season in charge and undoubtedly, Leon Knight (SC) was (and still is) the most important exponent of my ever aging squad. He was bound to turn 37 in September when we played Charlton (PRM) at Wembley in August. The Charity Shield contest was decided in the first half, when they scored twice and our goal by Craig (SC) was sandwiched by a brace from Knight: 3-2!!! That leaky defence, though...

    At home against West Ham (PRM) in the Third Round of the League Cup, Konynendyk (SC) was the only one to score before the tea was served. Afterwards it was Beresford (MC) who doubled our lead and five minutes later we had to start all over again. Three minutes from time we had Konynendyk to grab a brace and in stoppage time another equaliser went in. Early in the extra time, Green (AM/FRC) brought us in front yet again and near the small break Konynendyk got injured. One more goal was scored as Beresford made it five for the season: 5-3 (aet)! In the Fourth Round, we were at home once more and Swindon (PRM) were the opponents. Within five minutes, Knight found the net, while Barnard (AMRC) got off the mark in 2019/2020 and Tom Foster (SC) also scored before the interval. At the end of the game, the outstanding Neill (GK) was beaten for the first time, but thanks to him we went trough: 3-1! Blackburn (PRM) came to visit us in the Quarter Final and they went a man down between the two first-half goals that were produced by Compagno (AM/FRLC): 2-0! The First Leg of the Semi Final was played in Manchester versus United (PRM) and at the end of the first 45 minutes, Green reached double figures for this season. In the last part of the second half, Beresford increased our margin for the return: 0-2! At The Lawn, the only goal - scored by Konynendyk - didn't count: 0-0 (agg 2-0). In the Final at Wembley, we faced the lowest ranked opposition of the entire tournament. Just over fifteen minutes underway and Wimbledon (D1) were already two goals in front. At the stroke of half time, Knight celebrated his 300th(!) goal for Forest Green and ten minutes into the second half, it was Craig to level the game. After one hundred minutes of play, a fatal minute cost us Antonis Chavos (DC) by a red card and Knight due to an injury. Even before the extra-time break, the deciding goal was in the back of the net: 2-3 (aet)...

    In our opening group game of the World Championship in France, we were 1-0 down against San Lorenzo (Arg) after just three minutes. We had to wait until the second half, before Li (D/DMLC) brought us back with his first of the season, Compagno brought his season tally to a handful and late on, Green secured the win: 1-3! Two days later, mainly because of a terrible display by Neill, Al Nassr (KSA) had us down by a double margin after three quarters of an hour. Konynendyk and Carmine Viola (SC) repaired the damage, before we were behind once more. Four minutes later and with only ten minutes still to play, Callaghan (AMC) and Wilson (AM/FLC) had given us the lead. In the dying seconds of the game, Neill completed his nightmare with another goal scored against him: 4-4. For the first time this tournament, contra Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA), we scored the first goal of the match via Chavos. That first-half advantage soon disappeared and in the second half, we even managed to collect a deficit again. Less than ten minutes later, Green and his fifth of the season for Foster within sixty seconds got us back in front, only to pick up a draw in the end: 3-3.

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    Unbeaten at this stage and the only team that were defeated by us, reached the Final. Eight days after this cup campaign started, we played the fourth match of it, but not before we had a league game scheduled the day prior to that... Anderlecht (Bel) really wanted to finish third and were 3-0 up after the first half and even one more when we finally had De Boer (AM/FC) to score, only to eventually let them reach five: 5-1...

    Probably because of those extra international fixtures, we entered the FA Cup in the Fifth Round, with a home tie against Torquay (D1). After first-half goals by Compagno and Green and a second-half one by Beresford, the visitors began to score, but it was obviously too late for them: 3-1! Our Quarter Final was played in the same stadium and this time Yeovil (D1) made the travel. Late goals in both halfs by Wilson and for the tenth time Konynendyk saw us proceeding, and deservedly so: 2-0! A trip to Sunderland for the Semi Final against Blackburn and after 35 minutes or so they were on a triple advantage. Ahead of the interval Compagno clawed one back for us, before he scored his tenth of the season in the second half and Li even levelled the match. If I tell you that we had almost twice as much attempts on target, you know what happened in the thirty minutes of extra time: 4-3 (aet)...

    A false start away at Lyon (Fra) in the First Group Stage of the Champions League, when we almost immediately conceded a goal and soon after that saw a red card. A fabulous home win against Bayern Mnchen (Ger), a narrow victory at Orkla (Nor), a shameful draw at home to the Norwegians and another defeat against Lyon had us level on points with the Germans. We were above them in second place, thanks to the first match between the two sides. On the continent, they took the lead after the kick-off and we bounced back early in the second half. When it really mattered, the referee reduced us to ten men and we didn't survive this phase of the tournament...

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    And so our first attempt to participate in the UEFA Cup was a fact in the Third Round of this edition! In the first half at home against Red Star (Yug), who had also dropped out of the bigger European tournament, Konynendyk scored for the fifth time in 2019/2020 and Mason (DMC) doubled our lead. About ten minutes from the final whistle, the icing on the cake came from Knight: 3-0! When Knight scored in the first half of the return, we weren't motivated anymore in the second half: 3-1 (agg 3-4). An early penalty in Istanbul led the way for Besiktas (Tur) to decide this Fourth Round confrontation in the First Leg already, if it wasn't for Compagno to do something back for us: 3-1... Less than thirty minutes of the return were played, when Keith Ward (AM/FC) was on the scoresheet with his first of the season and Craig had joined him with his tenth. Ten minutes into the second half we saw Craig completing his brace, but eventually extra time and even penalties were needed to point out a winner. We missed our first two and their first four went in: 3-1 (agg 3-3, pens 1-4)...

    This season I had to holiday just once to keep the save going after a certain date. We were top of the league on goal difference after the very first match, only to give that spot away the next week. From then on, we were slowly building on a bigger gap, without scoring that many goals. The business end of the season made Blackburn - winners of the Champions League by a 7-2(!) victory in the final - the closest contenders. As soon as they had trouble winning one of their games in hand, our tenth championship (nine in a row now) was clinched with two matches to spare. I then thought it was a good moment to hand a debut to someone who was at the club for a couple of years already and had announced to retire after the season: Iker Casillas (GK)!

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    For the remaining three matches of the Euro Qualification with Romania, Adrian Barbu (SC) was added to the squad. At home against Slovenia (4-1) he scored twice on his debut, doubled his tally in Hungary (0-4) and finished things off with another goal at home versus Malta (4-0). Five goals in the first three games for his country! That helped us a lot to make it to the main tournament, that was organised by and in Holland.

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    The Romanian Football Association hoped for a place amongst the last eight and we had to survive the Group Stage to get there. Prior to the start of EURO 2020, one of the selected midfielders was injured and technically our selection was down to 21 instead of 22. A renewed meeting with Slovenia first, really getting underway halfway through the second half, when their goalie received a red card. A few minutes before that incident, Marius Tudor (SC) picked up an injury and so it was Adrian Barbu who converted the penalty. Substitute Marius Cioloboc (FLC) scored on his debut later and Dumitru Duro (AMRLC) completed the party: 3-0! No mercy from the home country in our second match, where we had one player suspended and two injured of course: 3-0... Back from his suspension, it took Gheorghe Rosu only three minutes to find the net for the tenth time in the national jersey, against Israel this time. In the very same minute, Cioloboc was stretchered off as well, decreasing our attacking options even more... Our lead was doubled in the first half by Daniel Tudor (D/ML) and again in the second half by a Adrian Barbu brace, before an Isreali found the net: 4-1!

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    Despite goals by Adrian Barbu and Adrian Munteanu (AM/FRC) within the first twenty minutes, Spain were leading by three(!) goals at half time and we also lost Adrian Munteanu and Ion Stan (DR) to injuries after about half an hour. Both Constantin Lucescu (MRC) and Cristian Barbu (AM/FC) scored their first international goals after slightly more than sixty mintutes in this game. We didn't really deserve this, let alone a better result and we only broke the national team records for most assists in one season (Duro), most goals in one season (Adrian Barbu) and highest scoring game: 5-4... The people in charge were less than satisfied with these performances and completely indicative for the season me and my teams have had, I was fired from my country job, taking away the chance for me to defend our world title...

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    5 signings were made over the course of the season as we hoped to not only continue dominating domestically but also conquer Europe after making the Semi Finals last season. The biggest signing was that of Mario Gotze from Betis for 25m, while England duo Jon Flanagan and Byron Bubb joined for 1.4m and a bosman from Liverpool and Southampton respectively as the three signings made before the season kicked off, while Jack Wilshere joined from Arsenal for 4.5m in October and finally Kris Boyd in March from Velez for 2m when it became clear back up striker Ross McCormack was not going to sign a new contract before his existing one ran out in the summer. Leaving the club were six players who's deals would not be renewed, mostly youth but there was a 34 year old Keith Gillespie amongst them.

    League

    If I told you it took till the 24th April to lose our first game you get some idea how easy the title was retained, as we finished 29 pts clear of 2nd placed St. Mirren as we landed a sixth title in a row.




    Scottish Cup

    After last years disappointment in going out in the last 8 after lifting the cup the previous two years I was looking to once again win the trophy. In both domestic cups the last couple of season I have gone with a second string/youth side but this year with many of the youths gone I would be fielding what I'd consider a stronger side although not my best, and things got off well in this competition as we overcame Arbroath 2-0 at home before overcoming Kilmarnock away in an exhilirating 3-2 win. An away trip to Inverness Caledonian Thistle promised to be a tricky tie as they were flying high in the Championship, and that's exactly what it was as the home side took the lead just before the hour mark but a late double from Ross McCormack and Edgar Davids saw us through to the Semi Finals to play Celtic.

    I named a full strength side for the game at Hampden Park, the only exception being the injured Davids with Jack Wilshere replacing him in the DMC role, and we chose now to put in our worst performance of the season We actually had more shots than our rivals with 9 to their 8, but only 3 of ours were on target compared to their 7, with them converting three of these in our heaviest defeat of the season, and when Skalidis was stretchered off it made a bad day even worse, thankfully he would only be out for two weeks though. Celtic went on to win the Final over St. Mirren 3-0.

    League Cup

    After losing the last two finals of the League Cup I was keen to win this trophy again but we were out before we even started as we lost 1-0 at home to Dundee in our first game in the competition. Celtic would beat St. Johnstone in the Final 1-0 as they won their first trophy of the season.

    Champions League


    One word "frustrating". The first group stage pitted us against Real Madrid, Shelbourne and one of my alter ego's former clubs Ankaragucu and we breezed through with 16 points from our 6 games, our only dropped points in a 3-3 home draw with the Turkish side in gameweek 2, but unfortunately Ankaragucu couldn't join us in the next round as they tied with Real Madrid on 7 points, with Real Madrid's 6-3 and 4-1 wins over them giving them the advantage. The draw for the 2nd Group Stage was a crazy one, first out were Real Madrid who we'd just been in a group with (winning 2-0 away and 2-1 at home), then out came rivals Celtic as they made it through their group with Barcelona, and then finally my alter ego's current side Dusseldorf! Once again we eased through with five wins and one loss to set up a Quarter Final tie with Schalke 04. We would travel to Germany for the first leg and a Skalidis hat-trick gave us a 3-1 win and one foot in the Semi Finals, and although Schalke scored early at Ibrox we were never in any danger, but a 4-4 draw on the night made sure the crowd got their money's worth as we went through 7-5 on aggregate.

    In the Semi Final draw would be ourselves, Barcelona (3 times Winners in the last 6 years), Ajax (the current Champions) and Celta Vigo, and on paper we got probably the easiest tie (although Celta Vigo are a bogey side for me). This time we were at home first but when we were 2-0 up by half time I was more than happy, unfortunately we couldn't extend our lead and Celta got a late away goal which could be decisive. That away goal became even more important when Jesuli handed the Spaniards the lead on 12 mins in the return game, but when Skalidis found the net in the opening stages of the second half it was advantage us again especially given that we were now in control of the game with wave after wave of attacks but going into the dying moments it looked like we would be in the Final, that was until Jesuli got his second of the game in injury time and we would be going to Extra Time Things immediately didn't go to plan when Fernando Ricksen was shown a straight red for going through Jesuli in the first few minutes (why didn't he do that in the 90th minute ), but still we stood resolute against the 11 men of Celta, but just as penalties loomed up stepped Benni McCarthy to drive the ball into the net, and with just a minute left there was no time for us to grab an equaliser, if we had the mental strength to muster one I don't know, and it would be Semi Final heartbreak once again in a game we had well and truly dominated. Celta went on to win the trophy as they beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Final, another late show from them with their goals coming in the 84th and 90th minute.





    Player of the Season

    For once this would not be going to Skalidis, who did continue to average more than a goal a game but not by many with only 56 in 41 games, and he also submitted a transfer request during the season eager for a new challenge but there have been no takers despite being valued at just 5m and a record of 530 goals in 290 (3) games for Rangers and still only 28, not that I'm complaining! Instead Player of the Season would be my big signing Mario Gotze who managed 20 goals and 13 assists in 29 games, the only downside him missing 11 weeks of the season with 3 separate Groin strains although my physio team ensure me he will rarely succumb to injury, we shall see.




    Aims for next Season

    Total Domination obviously Winning the league should be a given really as we have by far the strongest strong in Scotland, but I'm eager to win at least one of the domestic cups as it's been two years since we last won the Scottish Cup and three years since a League Cup win. With 4 years left with Rangers (moving on after winning 10-in-a-row) I want to win at least one Champions League before I go, and although my squad is the best in Scotland, it is far from the best in Europe so I'll be looking to splash the cash to close that gap.
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    No way that match against Celta really happened to you...!

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    Unfortunately so mate, I never seem to win games like that that's for sure!

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    It has been a while since our ground was expanded last, despite me asking for it every year at the end of the season. Maybe it's because Knight (SC) is earning too much money, seen his age. The battle for the Charity Shield at Wembley was played against Charlton (PRM) and they were ahead within the first fifteen minutes. We had Compagno (AM/FRLC) to equalise in the same half and Green (AM/FRC) to get us in front after the break. Then Watson (SW/DC) collected his second yellow card of the game, before the record-breaking - as oldest player in this competition (37) - Leon Knight scored the last goal of the day to become Man of the Match as well: 1-3!!!

    A replay of last year's final in the Third Round of the League Cup. Wimbledon were promoted to our league for the first team during my career and hosted this game. In Green (10') and Knight (22') we had two men who scored their fifth of the season and after the break Beresford (MC) hit one, before he got injured: 0-3! Away at Darlington (D2) it was Green once more to open the scoring and in the first half Irvine (DMC) got us ahead for the second time, only to go level one minute later. The second act only saw one more (allowed) goal, with Viola (SC) the man to touch the ball last: 2-3! At home to Crystal Palace (D1) in the Quarter Final and now only one goal in the first half, Viola putting his name on it again. Wilson (AM/FLC) and Viola (10th of the season) extended our lead, before Watson picked up an injury and the visitors scored against us. Foster (SC) had the final say in this tie: 4-1! The first of two Semi-Final fixtures was played at the ground of Manchester United (PRM). Viola couldn't stop scoring and his fellow countryman Compagno made it 100 for FGR just before the interval. Right at the beginning of the second half, it was Craig (SC) who sealed our victory: 0-3! That buffer was good enough for us to play a moderate return: 0-0 (agg 3-0). At Wembley for the Final, it were Oxford (PRM) to take an early lead and thanks to a very late goal by Craig, we managed to make it into extra time. A first goal of the season in the 105th minute meant penalties weren't needed: 1-2 (aet)...

    One 'cup' won and one lost. In the Third Round of the FA Cup, we went to Hartlepool (D3), who firmly kept us at bay in the first half. At the beginning of the second one, Mason (DMC) broke the deadlock and in the very last minute, Beresford made it five for the season: 0-2! The reward was a home game against Millwall (D1) in the Fourth Round. Only a penalty in the 90th minute separated both sides: 0-1...

    The First Group of the Champions League had - next to us obviously - Amica (Pol), Panathinaikos (Gre) and TVMK (Est, never heard of them) in it. It took us five games to finish on top and of course we were defeated in the sixth. Up to Group Phase Two, with Real Madrid (Esp), Blackburn (Eng) and Ferencvros (Hun) the opponents. Again five games were enough for us to qualify for the next round and another loss in the last one couldn't keep us from winning this group as well.

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    The First Leg of our Quarter Final was played in Lyon (Fra). Five minutes from half time, Eddie Williams (M/FRLC) put in his fifth of the season, but that advantage didn't last more than those five minutes. After the restart, Phil Jackson (AM/FRLC) and Viola did the business for us: 1-3! The visitors took the lead in the return, Beresford cancelled that one out after more than thirty minutes played and at the stroke of half time, one of their players scored his second yellow. Against ten men in the second half, Beresford reached double figures for the season and Craig scored our third, before they did something back: 3-2 (agg 6-3)! In Germany, against Schalke, we had the best start ever, when Compagno scored after just two minutes and Craig converted a penalty five minutes later. Another five minutes after that, our advantage was decimated and with fifteen minutes still to play, it was totally gone. One minute to go and a brace was picked up by Compagno: 2-3! In England, it was a completely different ball game, when Matteo Braglia (DL) was sent off within the first five minutes. As a result of that, the Germans were two up before the half-time whistle was blown. A couple of minutes after the hour mark, their goalie received his marching orders too. Again it was Craig to score from the spot, with our only shot on goal and target of the game. That was close: 1-2 (agg 4-4)... Some unbelievable scenes in the Final versus Inter (Ita). At first, after fifteen minutes, there was the opening goal, scored by a man at the age of 38 --> you know his name: Leon Knight! In the final seconds of that same half, the equaliser went in. Less than ten minutes underway in the second half and our other striker, John Craig, got us in front once more. Eventually, all the attention went to a man that scored four times in this match: 2-4...

    A chance to win the English Premier Division for the eleventh time in total and for the tenth time in a row. The difficulty for us was that we kicked off with a draw at home. We were right back on track soon after that and were the league leaders for the majority of the season. This time around, I fielded the less-favoured players in the last five fixtures. They stayed unbeaten and picked up almost all the available fifteen points, except two. What a team and what a club!!!

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    I have always been more of a fan of CM00/01 over all others. I have an issue now where i seem to have players with decent stamina but they cant make it through a game without being knackered. Fitness down to 30 odd % after 75 mins. Not sure if its a bug? Tends to be really good midfielders but not all of them so it cant be my tactics which are tiring them out. I have tried adjusting the coaching but nothing seems to work.. thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLR97 View Post
    I have always been more of a fan of CM00/01 over all others. I have an issue now where i seem to have players with decent stamina but they cant make it through a game without being knackered. Fitness down to 30 odd % after 75 mins. Not sure if its a bug? Tends to be really good midfielders but not all of them so it cant be my tactics which are tiring them out. I have tried adjusting the coaching but nothing seems to work.. thoughts?
    This usually happens during the pre-season matches but I havent`t experienced this as the regular season goes on. This may have something to do with your player instructions.
    Have you set your midfielders to press the opposition and\or use with\without ball instructions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLR97 View Post
    I have always been more of a fan of CM00/01 over all others. I have an issue now where i seem to have players with decent stamina but they cant make it through a game without being knackered. Fitness down to 30 odd % after 75 mins. Not sure if its a bug? Tends to be really good midfielders but not all of them so it cant be my tactics which are tiring them out. I have tried adjusting the coaching but nothing seems to work.. thoughts?
    Sometimes came across this when a player had a ridiculously high amount of passes behind his name during one match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrkh View Post
    Sometimes came across this when a player had a ridiculously high amount of passes behind his name during one match.
    Exactly the same with me, Zoltan Vincze who I've had at Betis and Dusseldorf, can't manage playing Sat-Wed-Sat so I have to pick his games and when he does play he's usually down to about 60% by 70 mins of some games.

    Gazza's regen I have with Rangers was the same, but I stuck him in just fitness training for a few months and he seems to be able to last games now.

    Both have high stamina so I can only put it down to low natural fitness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrkh View Post
    Sometimes came across this when a player had a ridiculously high amount of passes behind his name during one match.
    I have quite a few players with this issue. In fact, if I spot a player like this I try and buy them as they are often cheap and usually amazingly good. Best solution I have found is to substitute them at about 70mins before their condition gets too low and they usually recover back to 100% within 3 days.

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    To all above. A quick fix to the fitness issue is to patch the game to v3.89

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    Following the Confederations Cup win we would have 2 World Cup qualifying games and then 4 friendlies before the 2010 World Cup in Brazil. We were sitting pretty in our qualification group and after finishing with a 1-1 draw in Dublin and a thrilling 4-3 home win over Belarus in the last game (Tsigalko with a brace obviously) we ensured we would be challenging for International Football's Greatest prize. The friendlies saw us blood a number of players who hadn't been part of the set up so far, the likes of Ashley Young, Tom Ince, Adam Cooper and Jon Murphy all handed opportunities to grab a last minute ticket to the World Cup, but none really impressed as we beat Spain, Russia and Croatia 2-1 at home but lost 5-3 away in the Netherlands in an entertaining game.




    The 22 Man Squad selected for the World Cup saw a couple of surprises, as after 6 trophy laiden seasons at Rangers, 32 year old Ronnie Wallwork finally got a call up to the England squad as he looked to earn a first cap, his ability to play at centre back and as a defensive midfielder giving him the nod over Rio Ferdinand. Wallwork was joined by club team mate Gareth Cunningham who at just 20 years old would be looking to win the first of many caps, as he would fight it out for a midfield spot in a highly competitive position, along with Joe Cole, John Bostock and Derek Howarth. West Ham duo Michael Martin (D R/L/C) and Darren Gwyther (F R/C) had both made the squad in the friendlies leading up to the World Cup, and they kept their place despite me having to reduce the squad from 26 players to 22.

    In our group we would face Switzerland, Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia, and we couldn't have got off to a worse start. In the searing heat of Porto Alegre we faced the Swiss, and after 16 mins we fell behind but before I had time to panic Michael Owen equalised and back on level terms I composed myself, but what happened next was unbelievable! Goalkeeper Terry Pilkington tripped the Swiss striker in the area and was given his marching orders but the first thing his replacement Joe Hart could do is pick the ball out of the net, as Switzerland converted the resulting penalty, and mins later it was 3-1 as we switched off from a corner. There was no goals in the first half hour of the second half, but when it did it was yet another Swiss goal to make it 4-1, we did threaten an improbable comeback when Owen got his second of the game, but minutes later substitute Xherdan Shaqiri made it 5-2 and thankfully that's as bad as it got.

    Saudi Arabia presented us a chance to get back to winning ways and also improve our goal difference, but in a performance as bad as the Switzerland game, we played out a 0-0 draw and after just two games we were facing the real possibility of going out of the World Cup at the first stage, as European Championship and Confederations Cup winners this almost chilled me to the bone. Nothing but a win would do against Ivory Coast and that's what we got, as the quick starts we had made finally came back into fruition as a brace from Cunningham in the opening 9 mins and one from Owen saw us 3-0 up after half hour and despite a goal from Wilfried Bony on the hour mark we were in no danger, and we managed to squeeze through to the 2nd round behind Switzerland in the table.




    By finishing 2nd in our group we would be in the harder looking side of the group, with Italy, Argentina and Germany and it was the last of these would face first. The day before the game we were left ruing not topping our group even more as France and Brazil both suffered shock defeats to Paraguay (3-0) and Mexico (1-0) respectively, meaning one of them or Georgia (2-0 against Czech Republic) or Iceland (2-1 against Switzerland) would be in the final! What followed in our game though was no less than 11 goals! Raheem Sterling got the scoring underway on 17, and two mins later Howarth doubled our lead, and when his club team mate and midfield partner made it 3-0 on 25 it looked like we would ease into the last 8 to face either Italy or Ireland, and although Mesut Ozil pulled one back on 38 and then another on 42, when Bostock got his second just before the whistle to end the first half I thought we had ended any fight back from the Germans - big mistake! Ozil completed his hat-trick in the opening minutes of the second half to make it 4-3 but again we hit back, Bostock completing his own hat-trick on 56 and Owen getting his 76th goal for his country on 64 to put us 6-3 up, but once again Germany didn't no when to quit and a goal from Schalke's Peter Wimmer and Ozil's fourth of the game with 10 mins left set up a very nervy end which thankfully we saw through.




    Italy overcame Ireland 2-1 in their last 16 game, and one thing was for sure is there wouldn't be 11 goals in this one! Man City left back Dale Perry opened proceedings after just 6 mins, but that was the only real action of the first half until a lapse in concentration saw Fernando Almeida level things on the stroke of half time. The second half was much like the first with few chances, but midfielder Richard Wellens was able to convert one of these and send us through to the Semi Finals to face Argentina, the team we had beat to lift the Confederations Cup a year ago, and I was hoping for a much easier game this time around.




    Our famous early starts were now firmly back after the two opening group games, and last years Final hero Michael Owen put us 1-0 to the good after just 5 mins, and a quick fire brace from Derek Howarth saw us take a 3-0 lead going into the break. After the Germany result I drilled it into the players not to concede an early goal, and that's what we managed to do as a second for Owen made our passage to the Final academic, and although Martin Demichelis did score a consolation goal it mattered little and England were through to their first World Cup Final since that famous day in 1966.




    You'll remember earlier on I said one of Paraguay, Mexico, Georgia and Iceland would be in the final and it was the last of these would face after they had beat Georgia 3-2 after Extra Time and then a penalty shootout win over Mexico after a 2-2 draw. We were the overwhelming favourites to make it a third International trophy in as many years, and we were handed a boost when Ashley Cole was declared fit for the match and he resumed his usual left back role. After a long drawn out closing ceremony it was finally time for kick off and it didn't take long till we took the lead, Howarth winning a header and his flick on put Owen through on goal, and England's record scorer just doesn't miss one-on-one's. 1-0 became 2-0 just over half an hour later, as a driving run from Gareth Cunningham saw him tear through the Iceland rearguard before slotting the ball past the Icelandic keeper, and that's how it stayed as we went into half time.

    Once again the instruction was not to concede an early goal in the final 45 mins, but unfortunately this was not adhered to this time as Braga's Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 2-1 on 49, and things got even worse when Andri Sigtorsson made it 2-2 on 63 which also saw Cunningham's part in the final come to an end as he picked up a foot injury and he was replaced with John Bostock who himself wasn't at 100%. So with half hour to go we were back were we started, and despite mounting wave after wave of attack on the Iceland goal they stood resolute, their plan obviously to try and take us to extra time and maybe penalties and dispose of us the same way they did with Georgia and Mexico. Daniel Sturridge came on for Defensive Midfielder Richard Wellens in an attacking move in the final minutes, and when the Leeds man squared the ball across goal Skipper Joe Cole was on hand to drill his shot into the back of the net, and this time the Iceland players looked defeated, and moments later the whistle blew to confirm us as World Champions for a second time!




    Michael Owen ended the tournament as top scorer with 7 goals, but somehow could only get a place on the bench in the World Cup Dream team, Gareth Cunningham was our sole starter in the XI. As I said after the Confederations Cup win the World Cup would be the end of my reign as England reign no matter what happened, and so after we had lifted the trophy and all the other formalities I announced my resignation from the National side, a team I had took to the top of the FIFA rankings by a clear margin on the way lifting the European Championships, the Confederations Cup and now the World Cup, not bad in four years in charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikingfk View Post
    To all above. A quick fix to the fitness issue is to patch the game to v3.89
    Cheers mate, I'm using Cam's update so have to use v3.81

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    You must have got nervous after a tournament start like that!

    Great to see the other side of the team's mentality as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Cheers mate, I'm using Cam's update so have to use v3.81
    Most people in here do use Cam's update it seems. Great update but then again only playable on 3.81

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrkh View Post
    You must have got nervous after a tournament start like that!

    Great to see the other side of the team's mentality as well.
    Thought we were dead and buried after them first two group games, like you say though was good to see the fighting spirit in the squad, to have reached the quarters or semis after that start I'd have been happy with so to win the thing was remarkable!

    Following the World Cup I tried applying for some of the other big nations (Brazil, Germany etc) with both managers (Dusseldorf write up soon), but unfortunately I haven't been successful so it may be a while till I take charge of a National side again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikingfk View Post
    Most people in here do use Cam's update it seems. Great update but then again only playable on 3.81
    Back in the day i did change it to the final patch before i changed all the league names but people were getting a lot more crashes compared to 3.81 so reverted to 3.81.

    There are also a few things i like that are in 3.81 which vanish in later patches like making any non player a scout. This can help raise funds if they start getting good staff stats and clubs poach them, with 10 year contracts i always get a good whack in return.

    Can't say i have had players with 30% fitness, older players who can't manage 2 games a week yes.

    I did however have this amazing young English player who never seemed to be fit above 70%, one game and knackered so just have him on no training until up to 100 then back to training again.

    The only one of my DBs not compatable with later patches is the one people use. CM3 & CM93 version all work on any patch.
    Last edited by Cam F; 13-09-17 at 05:34 PM.





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